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New houses are getting bigger
The square footage of new U.S. houses continues to march higher.
The median-sized single-family house built in 2014 was 2,453 square feet, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, setting a new record.
House sizes have grown steadily with only a few reversals, which turned out to be brief. New homes shrank in the wake of the housing bubble, but the trend turned out to be short-lived. By 2012, builders were setting new square-footage records.
The median new apartment, meanwhile, has stayed roughly the same size in the 15 years the Census Bureau has been counting. They've trended down in size in recent years — as a trend toward studio and micro-apartments took hold — but grew slightly to 1,073 square feet in 2014. (Condos built for sale were larger, with a median of 1,432 square feet.)
Homebuilders completed about 620,000 single-family houses nationwide in 2014, according to the Census Bureau's Survey of Construction.
-- Elliot Njus
Oregon Home Prices Increase 6.4 Percent
by Amanda Peacher OPB | May 27, 2015 10:01 a.m. | Updated: May 27, 2015 11:07 a.m.
House prices rose 6.4 percent in Oregon in the past year, according to a federal index released Tuesday.
The quarterly report shows that Bend-Redmond and Medford had Oregon’s sharpest increase in prices in the past year. In both of those metro areas, the median house price rose about 9 percent.
Home prices in the Portland-Vancouver metro area increased by 8.5 percent in the past 12 months.
Oregon ranks 10th in the nation among states for appreciation in house prices, according to the federal report.
Seasonally Adjusted Housing Price
Annual Rate Increases
- Portland-Vancouver: 8.5%
- Albany: 3.73%
- Bend-Redmond: 9.25%
- Eugene: 5.11%
- Medford: 9%
- Salem: 7.39%
How Livable Will Your Neighborhood Be as You Age?
The AARP's new “livability index” grades communities on seven resource areas that aging Americans will need.
What is "livability" made of, exactly?
That is the elusive question that a new “livability index” from AARP wants to answer. The index allows you to punch in an address and find out how it scores, on a scale from 1 to 100, in seven different categories: housing, transportation, environment, health, engagement, opportunity, and the catchall “neighborhood” category, which encompasses proximity to services as well as personal safety. The site covers 200,000 communities around the country, and includes county- and state-level data as well.
It's a lot of fun to play with the tool. Click through to a given category and you'll find why a given address scores the way it does: My Brooklyn neighborhood, for instance, rates an impressive 83 on transportation (14 buses and trains per hour; estimated transportation costs of $5,324 per year compared to the U.S. median of $10,791), but only 37 on engagement (shamefully low voter turnout and few civic organizations). The apartment where I used to live in Portland, Maine, does well in the “housing” category (places to live are relatively affordable and abundant), but not so great in “environment” (there’s a heavily trafficked bridge close by). Sources for all the data are included, as well as explanations of the reasoning behind the rankings.
The index also allows you to customize your priorities. If, for instance, you value clean air and water over access to quality health care, you can weight “environment” more heavily and dial back the importance of “health.”
While the AARP index is designed to be of special use to people aged “50-plus,” as you might expect given the source, the researchers who put it together emphasize that it is useful for people of all ages who are trying to figure out where they want to live, either now or in the future. “When you plan for older adults, you plan for everyone,” says Jana Lynott, senior strategic policy adviser at the AARP Public Policy Institute.
The index also allows you to view policies that communities have in place that affect everything from housing affordability to access for people with disabilities.
Many of the categories measured by the index are of increasing concern to people who are aging—and the U.S. population as a whole is getting older, fast. By 2030, it is projected that 19 percent of Americans will be over 65, up from 12.4 percent in 2000.
The vast majority of those older Americans want to stay where they are after retirement, and AARP researchers hope the index will be a resource for cities and towns that want to examine how they can improve services for an aging population.
“The index will help communities become better,” says Dr. Rodney Harrell, director of livable communities at the AARP Public Policy Institute. “So people don’t have to move.”
Sunday, April 26 at 2:00pm
Sponsored by Re/Max South Coast
Each May we celebrate National Foster Care Month recognizing the compassionate work of people who serve as foster parents, relative caregivers, mentors, advocates, social workers, and volunteers.
All young people in foster care need a meaningful connection to caring adults who become a supportive and lasting presence in their lives. Foster, kinship and adoptive families, who open their homes and hearts and support children whose families are in crisis, play a vital role in helping children and families heal and reconnect thereby launching young people into successful adulthood.
This year, to help raise awareness of the important work foster parents do, Department of Human Services is partnering with the Egyptian Theatre in a special showing of the 1982 musical "Annie" on Sunday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m. Please forward this information to all your friends, family & neighbors who are welcome to join you in this wonderful historic theatre and support the work that foster parents do.
Tickets: Adults - $5 Seniors - $4 Children (12 & under) - $2.50
All proceeds that we receive will go to the DHS Certifier's Foster Parent Appreciation Fund